Move over Luke and Laura! General Hospital has a new controversial couple: teenage ex-con, Michael, and his 20-something, ex-stripper girlfriend, Abby. The duo took the next step in their relationship this week, when they finally made love.
While the scenes were played out with the tenderness and respectfulness they deserved -– remember Michael was a virgin with serious intimacy issues, after having been raped in prison –- they certainly didn’t lack in the sexiness department thanks to the chemistry between actors Chad Duell and Andrea Bogart. Duell, for one, saw it immediately.
“Andrea was only supposed to be on for one day when Abby was hired by Sam to sleep with Michael,” recounts Duell. “After our scenes I remember telling her, ‘You’ll be back.’ I could tell because of what we did and the chemistry [we had].”
The GH scribes saw it, too, immediately penning more Michael and Abby scenes.
“They brought her back,” says Duell. “They were wanting a little love interest for Michael. They saw the connection there when we filmed, so they went with it.”
In spite of Duell and Bogart’s ten year age difference. He’s 23; she’s 33.
“I wasn’t too shocked,” contends Duell, who applauded the bold move. “The first time Andrea and I worked together, yeah, it was a little strange and awkward. But it was supposed to be, so it worked. Now we’re really comfortable with each other and good friends. It just makes our chemistry stronger.”
And Duell is eagerly going with it. “I don’t know what the plans are for way in the future,” admits Duell. “But for right now it’s working out, and it’s great.”